Vengeful Barbarian
Alvarado Street Brewery

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #422
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,311
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 7.4%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
46
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Alvarado Street Brewery
 
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Notes: Bright, peach heavy tones from an East Coast yeast strain fermentation and a dry hop that includes a bunch of our favorites. The result is a hop aroma and flavor chock full of ripe, juicy grapefruit and apricot jam. On the back end, we've loaded up with beer with lots of oats, so it has a soft, creamy texture to support mild hop bitterness.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 46
Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Melvin 14-oz. Spiegelau IPA glass
From: My friend Chad
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received July 22, 2019
Consumed: July 27, 2019
Reviewed as: New England Style
Misc.: No canned on date

Thanks, Chad!

Got this from Chad in Las Vegas. Alvarado is one of the best breweries around, which surprises me that I’d only reviewed two of their beers heading into this. Notes on this on Beer Advocate were, “Bright, peach heavy tones from an East Coast yeast strain fermentation and a dry hop that includes a bunch of our favorites. The result is a hop aroma and flavor chock full of ripe, juicy grapefruit and apricot jam. On the back end, we've loaded up with beer with lots of oats, so it has a soft, creamy texture to support mild hop bitterness.” Through some research, it appeared Amarillo was the lone hop in this beer.

Poured a golden hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white frothy-to-fizzy head, which dissipated rather quickly. Bad watery lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.00)

Smelled peach, apricot, tangerine, orange, Amarillo, stone fruit, grapefruit, pineapple and guava. Big Amarillo, peach and tangerine from the can, which was better than the glass. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste was not quite as good as the nose. Peach, apricot, Amarillo, tangerine, orange, stone fruit, pineapple, grapefruit and guava. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Dry finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Outstanding beer overall. May have underrated it just a tad. (Overall - 4.00)

3.94 | 88 | B+

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JISurfer
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another California brewery going for the NE haze and doing it well. This was one of my favorite IPAs from my visit to the Bay Area. It literally looked like orange juice, very turbid. Taste was very juicy, with a slight hop character on the back end. Smell was like straight up juice too. Another one I should of picked up a 4 pack of.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Judging by early reviews and my experience, this is one that changed after a few weeks in the can. Hazy but without any particulate matter or chunks. Looks more like apricot juice than orange juice. I suspect that this is all from yeast as opposed to the addition of oats or flour ... the lighter feel gives me the same impression. I get a lot of stone fruit ... primarily peach but some candied apricot flavors with enough bitterness to keep that sweeter fruit flavor from turning flabby. Doesn't have that pillowy soft mouthfeel from adding wheat, oats, etc, but I appreciate the lighter body that keeps it crisp and drinkable. If a 7.2% beer can be called sessionable ... this is a more sessionable version of the NE style.

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Photo of bouncepass
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakecattleco
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellowish color with plenty of foam in the chalice. This tastes like so many hazy IPAs I"ve had in the last few weeks. It's quite drinkable but nothing distinctive, and I think I am getting tired of this orange juice mineral taste. Club soda and limeade.

However, it's pleasingly fruity. Moderately bitter and a little hot on the lips, like it really has citrus peel in it. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottlecraft in LIberty Station.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange, just like orange juice, but with fine, soapy foam.

Smell is so juicy it's practically dripping. Oranges, mango and more mango just jump out of the glass and invade your sinuses. Damn, this smells good!

Taste just keeps the juiciness pumping, with the same notes as the nose, and some lemon sorbet thrown in for good measure. There's a slight hint of tea and a perfectly balanced bitterness with just the right amount of hop burn. Long, slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy, and well carbonated.

Overall, just a superb IPA, so easy to drink and so juicy.

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Photo of Milou
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdown
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryi86
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you CanConPhilly for this
16 oz can, dated 12/28/16, poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden straw color with a two finger white head.

S- Lots of grapefruit, some tropical fruits, peachs, slightly dank and a touch of wet grass.

T- Grapefruit juice, a little dank, apricots, some peachs and tropical fruits.m

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A great IPA, probably one of the most grapefruit forward tasting IPAs I've ever tried.

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Photo of nataku00
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spark3148857
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BSW
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrGone
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ambruns1979
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zbrown2307
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CanConPhilly
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really hazy yellow color. Aroma is fruity, slightly dank, mostly juicy tropical notes. Taste follows, really juicy and tropical with milky yeast notes. Medium body and carbonation. Quite good one, juicy and dank.

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Vengeful Barbarian from Alvarado Street Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 46 ratings